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  • House rolls back energy standards

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A measure that would reduce the amount of renewable energy utilities have to provide to customers by 2020 has narrowly passed the New Mexico House.
    The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Larry Scott of Hobbs cleared the chamber on a 33-32 vote late Thursday.
    The measure now heads to the Senate.
    From New Mexico to New York, utilities are facing higher renewable energy standards this year as numerous states and the federal government push for a reduction in the use of fossil fuels for generating electricity.
    New Mexico’s standard increased to 15 percent at the start of the year. It will go to 20 percent in 2020.
    The legislation calls for eliminating the 20 percent requirement, a move critics say will discourage growth in the industry. Supporters say the mandates drive up costs.
     

  • Update 3-13-15

    "Mister Roberts"

    The play “Mister Roberts” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. today at Los Alamos Little Theater. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors/students.

    Concert

    Los Alamos Concert Association presents Cuarteto Latinoamericano. 4 p.m. Sunday at Duane W. Smith Auditorium. Tickets are at losalamosconcert.

    LTAB

    A regular meeting of the Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board is scheduled for Tuesday. It will be at 1 p.m. at the county’s Municipal Building.

    Improvement

    A meeting to update residents on the construction at 20th Street is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The meeting will be held in Room 110 of the Municipal Building.

    BPU

    A meeting of the Board of Public Utilities will be Wednesday. The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers.

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will have a work session in White Rock March 24. The meeting will be at the White Rock Fire Station starting at 7:30 p.m.

    PEEC closing

    The PEEC nature center on Orange Street will close March 31. Public features will move new Los Alamos Nature Center, which will open to the public April 22.

  • Congress struggles with time to read legislation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress can get so busy that senators and their staffs don’t always have time to scrutinize bills they pass and letters they sign — or so it seemed this week, anyway.
    Two episodes left Democrats blushing, some Republicans muttering under their breath, and taxpayers perhaps wondering what those well-educated people do on Capitol Hill.
    First, Republicans ridiculed Democrats for claiming they somehow missed a key provision in a bill filed two months ago. The bill, unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, would combat human sex trafficking.
    Democrats suddenly blocked it this week because it would bar the use of fines, paid by convicted traffickers, to pay for abortions in most cases.
    Congress has attached similar language to spending bills for years. But Senate Democrats say this provision goes further, and they didn’t realize it was in the trafficking bill.
    Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said some think it got there by “sleight of hand.” He blamed Republicans for not flagging it.

  • Santa Fe museum has 20th birthday

    SITE Santa Fe launches its 20-year anniversary with the opening of “SITE 20/20 SPRING” this evening.
    The exhibit is the first in a three-part series featuring 20 of the 696 artists who have shown in more than 100 shows over the years. Each exhibit will have a blend of artists who were well established when they exhibited at SITE and others who exhibited during the formative years of their careers and have since made a name for themselves in the world of contemporary art.
    The seven artists featured in the SPRING exhibit are Gregory Crewdson, Deborah Grant, Roxy Paine, Mary Reid Kelley with Patrick Kelley, Rose B. Simpson and Jessica Stockholder.
    The first gallery features a large-scale diorama of a professional wrestling ring and arena by Roxy Paine, “Bastard Octopus.” Paine had a large-scale solo exhibition at SITE in 2003, “Roxy Paine: Second Nature.”
    The diorama was inspired by Roland Barthes’s writings about the spectacle of excess embodied in a professional wrestling match. Paine recreates a wrestling arena meant to hold tens of thousands of people within a 13-foot deep space, with every surface painted white.
    The geometric precision of the installation coupled with the forced perspective has echoes of M.C. Escher but on a scale that dwarfs the viewer.

  • Today in history March 13
  • Annual show highlights community's photos

    The Los Alamos Photography Club is hosting the 20th Annual Los Alamos Photographer’s Show at the Mesa Public Library in the upstairs gallery. The show runs from March 30 to May 2.
    Anyone who has photos they would like to submit for the show, submissions are being accepted now. Photos should be dropped off at the library on March 28.
    Los Alamos Photo Club representatives will be present from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to receive submissions.
    As in previous years, the event is co-chaired by Doug Coombs and Ken Hanson.
    Last year’s participants are encouraged to attend this year as well.
    Photographers of any skill level (beginner, amateur or professional) of high school age or older who live or work in Los Alamos County are eligible to enter. Any photographic process that results in prints suitable for hanging is acceptable.
    Photos must be matted and framed with wires for hanging on the back. Photos must not have been presented in the show before. The subject of the photos should be appropriate for display at a public facility.
    Photos will be hung from 1-4 p.m. March 29. Anyone submitting photos are also invited to hang photos. Participants hanging photos are asked to bring a pencil, a hammer, a pair of needle-nose pliers and a tape measure.

  • Fake IRS agents bilk taxpayers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fake IRS agents have targeted more than 366,000 people with harassing phone calls demanding payments and threatening jail as part of a huge nationwide tax scam that has cost taxpayers $15.5 million.
    More than 3,000 people have fallen for the ruse since 2013, Timothy Camus, a Treasury deputy inspector general for tax administration, said Thursday.
    The scam has claimed victims in almost every state, Camus said. One unidentified victim lost more than $500,000.
    “The criminals do not discriminate. They are calling people everywhere, of all income levels and backgrounds,” Camus told the Senate Finance Committee at a hearing. “The number of complaints we have received about this scam make it the largest, most pervasive impersonation scam in the history of our agency.”
    The scam is so widespread that investigators believe there is more than one group of perpetrators, including some overseas.
    Camus said even he received a call from one of the scammers at his home on a Saturday. He said he had a stern message for the caller: “Your day will come.”
    So far, Camus said, two people in Florida have been arrested. They were accused of being part of a scam that involved people in call centers in India contacting U.S. taxpayers and pretending to be IRS agents.

  • Making It Official

    Michael DiRosa is sworn into the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Advisory Board Monday night by Los Alamos Municipal Court judge Alan Kirk.

  • Update 3-12-15

    APP board

    There will be a special meeting of the Arts In Public Places Board. The meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Municipal Building. Discussion will include the sculpture “Solar Tree.”

    "Mister Roberts"

    The play “Mister Roberts” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Los Alamos Little Theater. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors/students.

    Turkey hunt

    The Valles Caldera Trust will hold a lottery for the chance for sportsmen to hunt Merriam turkeys on Valles Caldera National Preserve land. Those wanting to enter the lottery may do so until March 31. The hunts will be May 2-4 and May 8-10. Each applicant will be limited to one ticket per hunt. Lottery chances can be purchased for $10 each online through the VCNP website. vallescaldera.gov.

    BPU

    A meeting of the Board of Public Utilities will be Wednesday. The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers.

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will have a work session in White Rock March 24. The meeting will be at the White Rock Fire Station starting at 7:30 p.m.

    Warm Water Weekend

    The next Warm Water Weekend is scheduled for March 21-22 at the Larry R. Walkup Center. The event will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 21 and 1-5 p.m. March 22.

  • Pi Day festivities set for Saturday

    Pi Day returns Saturday and the Bradbury Science Museum will be celebrating, along with next door neighbor Time Out Pizzeria.
    Pi is the mathematical constant representing the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, which is roughly equivalent to 3.14 and which is why it’s celebrated on March 14 (3-14).
    Those interested in learning about Pi Day can find out more by visiting Bradbury Science Museum and celebrating Pi Day. Events include talks beginning at noon by LANL mathematicians Sara Del Valle, Carrie Manore and Kyle Hickmann at Time Out Pizzeria.
    For Saturday’s celebration, Time Out Pizzeria is offering a one-topping personal pan pizza pie for $3.14 all day at both its Los Alamos and White Rock locations.
    Also Saturday, LANL scientists and Bradbury Science Museum scientist ambassadors will give presentations. Nicole Jeffery will talk about sea ice, Chuck Mielke will talk about magnets and Teri Roberts will talk about the science of computer software and hardware.
    The museum’s Scientist in the Spotlight program occurs the second Saturday of every month from 11 a.m.-1p.m.
    Additionally, the FIRST LEGO League team comprised of Los Alamos Girl Scouts will demonstrate robots team members have built and show museum visitors how to design, build and program robots.